Undersheriff Sam Muscarella retired from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, effective Dec. 30.
Muscarella began his career on Jan. 21, 1974, and was a member of the first graduating class of the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy. He was initially assigned to both corrections and road patrol before being promoted to investigator, where he worked in the Criminal Division and the Drug Task Force.
On Jan. 1, 1994, newly elected Sheriff Tom Beilein selected Muscarella as his undersheriff. When current Sheriff Jim Voutour was elected in 2008, Muscarella was again selected to serve as undersheriff.
Prior to his law enforcement work, Muscarella served in the U.S. Army.
"Today, Niagara County is losing an extremely loyal and dedicated public servant. Undersheriff Muscarella will best be remembered for his extremely high sense of integrity and his dedication and love for the sheriff's office. I will greatly miss his wisdom and loyalty and wish him well," said Sheriff James R. Voutour.
Also retiring from the sheriff's office on Dec. 30 was Investigator Daniel Brown, who served 38 years, and Investigator Patrick Cerminara, who served for 35 years.